Textron Systems Canada and General Kinetics have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on the Textron‘s proposed Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) programme for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Textron Systems Canada general manager Neil Rutter said the company has teamed up with General Kinetics to ensure that the proposed Textron TAPV will be the best option to protect Canadian soldiers.

The MoU will provide a substantial opportunity for General Kinetics to create or maintain employment and will also have a positive effect on the local economy, according to Textron.

The company has submitted a proposal to supply 500 vehicles to the Canadian Army, with an option for an additional 100 TAPVs, which would be equipped with General Kinetics developed armoured vehicle grade shock absorbers.

The Canadian Army’s TAPV programme intends to procure a general utility combat vehicle for conducting missions including reconnaissance and surveillance, command and control, cargo and infantry section carrier.

Designed to replace the Canadian Army’s existing armoured patrol vehicle (APV) and Coyote reconnaissance vehicles, the TAPV will ensure the army remains capable of effective training, supporting domestic operations and sustaining deployed forces as part of the Canada First Defence Strategy.

The vehicle has been extensively tested to confirm ballistic, blast, mobility, and reliability levels, and is expected to protect troops from roadside bombs and blasts while providing large power reserves for future electronics enhancements to deliver survivability, mobility, versatility and lethality to the user.

The TAPV contract is expected to be awarded to the final selected bidder by the second quarter of 2012, and Textron Systems Canada will become the prime contractor for the programme, if selected.